As the fields fill with combine harvesters, reaping all that was sown so many months ago, consider performing your own, writerly version of a harvest and see what it might yield.
Take a look through your old notepads, if you use them, or even explore the reams of text messages, IMs and emails no doubt resting in your phone or computer. Could one spur the start of a new story? A chance line, image or burst of emotion could provide you with the seed for a new idea to nurture and develop.
If you write or create something prompted by this, please send an email to judydarley(at)iCloud.com to let me know. With your permission, I’ll publish it on SkyLightRain.com.
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Hungry for writing inspiration, or simply got young book-worms to entertain? Bath Children’s Literature Festival offers up a fantastic, imagination-stirring line-up of events chosen by artistic directors John and Gill McLay with the aim of “putting fun and laughter first.”
The festival runs from Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October 2018, with events for all ages, including inspiring and entertaining conversations with Lauren Child, David Walliams, Marcia Williams, and Cressida Cowell, among others.
Meet author Laura James and Fabio the world’s greatest flamingo detective, take a masterclass with author and illustrator Peter Brown, sign up for a drawing lesson or a Matilda dance workshop, find out how to write picture books with Tessa Strickland, .
Find details and book tickets at bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature.
Find out more about Bath, including places to stay, at visitbath.co.uk.